Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part I

 Last night I gave a talk at the Hart Memorial Central Library in Kissimmee, FL on Characters, Conflict and Publishing, which put a smile on my face, because my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Hart, was the one I credit with sparking my love of writing and with teaching me about butt in chair and other lessonsContinue reading “Characters, Conflict and Publishing, Part I”

Crowing and SCBWI workshop

Before I do anything at all, I want to wish a HUGE congratulations to Ramez Naam for making the shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for his debut science fiction novel NEXUS!  So proud!  So well deserved! This past Saturday, the Florida chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and theContinue reading “Crowing and SCBWI workshop”

Worldbuilding Workshop, Part III

Viewpoint Characters Background: a character should be a product of the sum of his cultural and personal experiences. There should be elements of both nature and nurture. For example, werewolves (or vampires or even humans) will likely have certain behaviors in common because of their biology and biochemistry. Werewolves, for example might have a needContinue reading “Worldbuilding Workshop, Part III”

Men of Urban Fantasy – John Hartness

John Hartness is…well, I’m just going to say it…he’s a character.  No, wait, I’m thinking CHARACTER should be in all caps, maybe even in bold.  If you’ve ever met him in person or sat down with him for a drink, maybe for one of his Literate Liquors talks, you’ll know exactly what I mean.  SoContinue reading “Men of Urban Fantasy – John Hartness”

Men of Urban Fantasy – James A. Burton

I’m very pleased to continue the Men of Urban Fantasy theme with author James A. Burton.  His novels are incredibly character driven, with lush language and, as he discusses, more than your typical heroes and heroines. Heroes? by James A. Burton (aka James A. Hetley) Lucienne suggested that I write something about non-traditional heroes andContinue reading “Men of Urban Fantasy – James A. Burton”

Men of Urban Fantasy Week – kick off with James Tuck

I’m very excited to present to you all my “Men of Urban Fantasy” week here on the blog.  Urban (aka contemporary) fantasy is so female dominated, that I thought it was high time for me to shine a light on some of the amazing men on the scene and their more-than-memorable protagonists.  I’m thrilled toContinue reading “Men of Urban Fantasy Week – kick off with James Tuck”

Kalayna Price Guest Blog and Giveaway

Kalayna Price had me at “hello.”  Seriously, the opening of the Alex Craft series is like a textbook example of how to hook readers right out of the gate.  Check it: The first time I encountered Death, I hurled my mother’s medical chart at him.  As far as impressions went, I blew it, but IContinue reading “Kalayna Price Guest Blog and Giveaway”